We also work on Word Study at this time. To meet the needs of all of my friends, I’ve got 5 different Word Study groups. I’ve been using this program from Kathy Ganske for 9 years and it’s amazing. I love that everything is differentiated.
I’m all about Balanced Literacy so the tasks look like this:
Here’s a short video that shows how I organize the materials for the week.
Students know to complete any unfinished work and then choose a literacy box, which is like a may-do center and includes things from my “I’m Through, What to Do” resource. Administrators and other teachers are always so impressed how independent my kids are. I especially love that they never ask me what to do. It makes running reading groups so much easier. I never have to worry about what so and so is doing across the room.
I fell in love with math centers when I taught a combo last year. I keep them in our math area and kiddos pick one when they’re finished with their work. They’re great for early finishers. Find out how I set math centers up.
After math, we transition into writing. We do a weekly writing process piece based on what we’re learning in class. Since we’re teaching narrative, informative, and opinion writing throughout the year, we tie that in as best as we can. At my school, we’re big on cross-curricular teaching, in order to fit everything in. We’re fortunate to have chrome books once a week so we use them to create our drafting piece.
After recess, we typically have our specials, which include Art, P.E., Computer Lab, Music, and Science Lab. When the kiddos don’t have pull outs, we are working on Science and Social Studies. I’m big on hands-on activities that are engaging and fun.
I hope you were able to learn a few things while you snuck a peek into our day. I’d love to help you get organized with a set of schedule cards.
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